Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Chicago's Kiddieland Amusement Park. Melrose Park Illinois USA. Thursday, October 8th 2009 after the park had closed.
I took this rare behind the scenes photo at the site of the recently closed Kiddieland Amusement Park in near northwest suburban Melrose Park Illinois. I took this rare photo inside of the park partly due to an open service gate, and a kind maintenance worker who helped Me look for a Manager, so that I could ask permission to take a few last photos of the place.
There wasn't a park manager to be found anywhere on the property, so I offered to keep My visit short with the maintenance woker. He was really cool about it too.
Seen here on the parks midway, is the old Arcade building with it's unique clown face relief art on the front of the building.
Kiddieland was the last of the small family owned amusement parks in the greater Chicagoland area. The land owners would not renew Kiddieland's lease for next year.
After 81 years in operation, Chicago's Kiddieland Amusement Park closed for good on Sunday, September 27th 2009.